This Twitter Thread About Peeing and Pooping in Space Is Educational


When you see that people are tweeting about urine and excrement, your first inclination might be to move on past it.

But I’m telling you right now that you don’t want to do that.

The thread is brought to you by Mary Robinette Kowal, who recently published an essay called “To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth’s Gender Bias,” and it is basically a crash course on peeing and pooping in space.

It reminds us that it’s not only women who need to maneuver some interesting ins and outs if they hope to get through a mission without soiling themselves.

It all begins with a history lesson, including the fact that NASA wasn’t sure what humans could or could not do in space.

They really didn’t have a plan, and I assume no one was allowed any Tang before liftoff.

Then, the sheath discussion. I’ll let that speak for itself.

And the pooping. My goodness. Gross.

Back to the peeing, which is apparently… something of a show?

Then we get this little historical tidbit:

Diapers are the answer when women are involved, though the men liked them better, too.

And a toilet! Yay…oh.

She wound it up with a few more fun facts.

And now you know what you didn’t know before – and aren’t you glad?